New tools for 2012
What to include
Please include any of the following info - Tool Name Suggested Use Operating Systems Short Description Online info / docs Self-contained Manuals Additional short notes Alternative tool?
Create printed resources and manuals and epub books online
Web based (LAMP)
"The open source platform to write and publish print and digital books. Booktype is a free, open source platform that produces beautiful, engaging books formatted for print, Amazon, iBooks and almost any ereader within minutes. Create books on your own or with others via an easy-to-use web interface. Build a community around your content with social tools and use the reach of mobile, tablet and ebook technology to engage new audiences."
Alchemy is software for sketching or drawing using a computer.
Record live performances & Talk radio on multitrack
Scheduling radio programmes
Other radio-focussed software discussed here
Microblogging alternative to Twitter.
Status net Android Client
Orbot & Orweb
TOR implementation and security-enhanced browser
Android implementation of PGP encryption
Configure and control a VPN tunnel, butn.b. it may leak DNS requests depending on your system
Open Signal Maps
WiGLE WiFi Wardriving
Locate and share wireless access points, e.g. for finding open community access points
Blocks advertisements (not just in your browser, but globally, by writing to /etc/hosts)
Alternatives to Google Apps
Stop the chocolate factory from slurping your data by using these instead of the google defaults:
- DuckDuckGo for Android - replaces google search
- Firefox for Android - replaces stock browser, allows privacy-enhancing plugins
- K-9 mail - replaces gmail etc., intergrates well with APG
- FDroid - replaces "google play" - catalogue of free software
- Replacements for google maps:
- OsmAnd - open street map viewer, GPS tracker, off-line atlas and direction calculator
- HappyCow VeginOut - restaurant & grocery locator
- Bike Hub- cycle journey planner & info
- OS Atlas - "free" access to Ordnance Survey Maps (If you pay UK taxes, you fund the Ordnance Survey, however it is copyright-protected. The application is available in an advert-supported or paid-for version.)